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Vote for “Secret Asian Man”!

The San Francisco Chronicle is running an online poll to determine which new comic strips to add to the paper. And Pakbuzz friend Tak Toyoshima informs us that his “Secret Asian Man” strip is in the running! Click here to check out the comic, then Click here to vote!

Rest in Peace, Michael Turner

Early this morning, Vince Hernandez of Aspen Comics posted a deeply sad message about the passing of Michael Turner.
I was only lucky enough to spend a few hours in person with Mike. But he dazzled me with his great intelligence, curiosity, and enthusiasm; by the absolute joy he took in the creative process; and by the easy, beautiful warmth and openness he radiated.
My deepest condolences to his family and his many, many, many friends.
— Greg Pak
For those who wish to send notes or make donations in Michael’s name, Vince provided this information:

Anyone wishing to send their condolences to Michael Turner’s family is encouraged to send to:
Aspen MLT, Inc.
C/O Michael Turner
5855 Green Valley Circle, Suite 111
Culver City, CA, 90230
Aspen also encourages anyone wishing to make a charitable donation to please send to Michael Turner’s requested charities:
The American Cancer Society
http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp
Or
The Make-A-Wish Foundation
http://www.wish.org/help?s_kwcid=make%20a%20wish|917760391

Kim Ima’s Treats Truck

Kim Ima, one of the producers of Greg Pak’s “Robot Stories” and the co-star of Pak’s “Happy Hamptons Holiday Camp for Troubled Couples,” is now selling cookies and pastries on the streets of New York City. No joke! Check out the clip below from “Eat Out ala Kelly” profiling Ima and her awesome Treats Truck — then check out the Treats Truck website for the menu and schedule.

Godspeed, Stephane Peru

I’ve just gotten word from Marvel editor Nate Cosby that Stephane Peru, the brilliant colorist of “Incredible Hercules,” has died. Stephane brought deep aesthetic sensitivity and boundless humor to his work, making every email he sent us a joy to receive and every page we gave him simultaneously funnier and more heroic. My deepest condolences to Stephane’s friends and family.
— Greg Pak
UPDATE: Newsarama has posted a story with quotes from a number of Stephane’s colleagues and collaborators.

“Mantlo: A Life in Comics” now available for free download

Bill Mantlo, the storied Marvel Comics writer, was hit by a car and suffered brain trauma in the 1990s. Last year, David Yurkovich published a tribute book to Mantlo, the proceeds of which went towards Mantlo’s care. (The book includes a quote from “World War Hulk” writer Greg Pak about Mantlo’s classic run on “Incredible Hulk.”)
Now “Mantlo: A Life in Comics” is available for free download at Wowio.com — with the revenue from advertisers generated from each download going directly to Mantlo’s care. Read on for the official announcment from Yurkovich — and click here to download the book.

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Well done, Marvel

From the AP:

Lionsgate and Marvel studios have signed interim deals with the striking Writers Guild of America, the union said.
The deals announced Thursday followed separate guild pacts with other independent production companies such as United Artists, The Weinstein Co. and David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants.
The guild said such agreements confirm it is possible for writers to be compensated fairly and for companies to operate profitably.

“Planet Hulk” penciller Pagulayan interviewed for Philippine Daily Inquirer

Kudos to “Planet Hulk” penciller Carlo Pagulayan, who’s featured in a Philippine Daily Inquirer article about Filipino comic book artists. An excerpt:

Art advice:
I’d like to say, aside from “practice,” understand the lines you use and compare different ways of shading, like hatching. If you understand why a particular technique is used, it’s easier to draw. If you choose a style, make sure that you’re comfortable with it, because if you’re just going to copy, you really don’t know how the artists you’re emulating think or approach things.

Click here to read the article.

PULSE interviews “Warbound” artist Leonard Kirk

Leonard Kirk, the artist for Greg Pak’s “Warbound” miniseries, has been interviewed by Jen Contino at the PULSE. Check it out here — and dig those gorgeous preview pages of issue #2, which hits comic book stores on January 16!

Libby launches BroadwayDemo.com

David Libby is a composer who has worked frequently with director Greg Pak on projects such as the Planet Hulk trailer. In collaboration with Tina Marie Casamento, Libby has just launched a new website called BroadwayDemo.com, a demo and website production service for musical theatre actors. Check it out!

PakBuzz Q&A: Producer Karin Chien on “The Motel”

Motel poster
“The Motel” poster

Karin Chien produced Greg Pak’s films “Robot Stories” (with Kim Ima) and “Super Power Blues.” Her latest two films, Michael Kang’s “The Motel” and Chris Chan Lee’s “Undoing,” hit theaters this week. Read on for Pak’s interview with Chien about “The Motel” theatrical release, what a producer does, and just why the heck she’s worked with so many Korean American directors.
Greg Pak: Congrats on all the recent success! Tell us a little about what you’re doing to prepare for “The Motel” opening this coming Wednesday in New York. What can people do to help?
Karin Chien:
Bring as many people as possible to see the film when it opens on June 28 at the Film Forum, and then tell everyone you know how much you love THE MOTEL!!
But, seriously, we are working with Palm Pictures on the marketing campaign, and are also doing a grassroots campaign, which involves spreading the word, via events, posters, parties, merchandise and the internet, throughout the indie film and Asian American communities. If you’re part of an organization or school or a very large family, you can invite us to speak to your group, or screen a trailer, or put up posters, or write us up in your blog. Every little bit of extra exposure helps.

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